Frazier giving Vikings chance to be successful
Along the way to finishing out what has been a confounding season for the Minnesota Vikings, have they found a new head coach? And a quarterback?
It might be too quick to rush to those judgments after Tuesday night’s stunning 24-14 dismantling of the Philadelphia Eagles, a loss that prevents Andy Reid’s team from potentially securing a first-round bye in the playoffs.
But the job Leslie Frazier has done as the interim coach of the Vikings since taking over for Brad Childress is certainly worth taking notice if you’re Zygi Wilf, the team’s owner.
“The one thing that I talked about when I was asked to take this role and one of the reasons why I wanted to be in this role was because I wanted to see our guys be successful," Frazier said after the victory, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I felt like I could help them be more successful than we were and to see them come out and play the way they played tonight, that's what makes me extremely proud of our guys. I'll be fine, but I just wanted our guys to be able to feel the feeling they have right now. They deserve it."
Much has gone wrong in a wild season for the Vikings. But Joe Webb, drafted to play wide receiver, showed some sparks at quarterback in the victory. He was better at being Michael Vick than Vick was, that much is for certain. Maybe most telling was that the players, a week after a 40-14 loss to the Chicago Bears, have not quit on Frazier.
Wilf is a big thinker with a pocket book that is even bigger, but he’s going to have to think long and hard about a future with Frazier, who seems deserving of an opportunity.
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